Sail Away With Me (attn: Bella)

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Re: Sail Away With Me (attn: Bella)

Post by Alianora » February 28th, 2024, 11:22 pm

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Liaran smiled at the question, finding it easier to answer Haeden precisely because neither of them ever pressured the other into speaking. "Not right now," she said, "I'd like to walk a little more." As she spoke, the Aes Sedai stepped away from where she had been standing, leading the pair of them away from the Sailmistress and Windfinder. Once she felt sure that she would not be heard by either the women or anyone else, Liaran felt comfortable speaking quietly to her husband.

"I was just watching Tayla's weaves," she explained, "and I was thinking of how, when I came back to the ships, I never thought I would want to leave them again. But...I did, and when I made that decision I was glad to put them behind me...." She paused, not entirely sure how to describe what she'd been thinking and the emotions she was still feeling; there was some guilt for how she'd left, some remembered misery from the days before she'd made up her mind to leave....but there was also contentment in having found her place in the Grey Tower, where her younger self had never expected to belong.

She moved closer to Haeden as they walked, though she wasn't entirely aware that she was doing so, and in a voice hardly above a whisper Liaran explained, "I suppose I was just never meant for the life of a Windfinder; I don't have the Talent for it as strongly as most do among my people, and those I do have I could never put to use here. Returning to the Grey Tower felt almost like becoming a whole person again." The Aes Sedai smiled, though, as a thought occurred to her, and Liaran even managed a little quiet laughter. "If the girl I was could see me now," she confided to her husband, "I think she'd be shocked by who I've become!"

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Re: Sail Away With Me (attn: Bella)

Post by Bella » March 15th, 2024, 1:42 am

That draw a smile from him. The man certainly never smiled so much at any time in his day-to-day life as he did when he was in the privacy of his wife. Admittedly, being around his family--especially his younger half-brother--did come a close second. It was still markedly second place, though.

"I imagine both of our younger selves would be very surprised to see us now," he agreed with amusement, but warmth as well. "I hope that they would be pleased, though. To know that we may not have ended up where they expected but that we have ended up in a good place, with a good person beside us."

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Re: Sail Away With Me (attn: Bella)

Post by Alianora » March 30th, 2024, 10:19 pm

Liaran Sedai
When her husband smiled, so did Liaran. "I think she would be, eventually." she commented. "Even when I was much younger, what I wanted in life was no more than a place where I belonged, a chance to do some good in the world, and I have that now, just in a form I could never have imagined as a girl." She slowed her pace as she turned her head, looking up at the man beside her.

And you, Liaran thought, To share a life with you is more than I ever dared to hope for. If she did not say so, it was because she did not need to; the bond between them would convey her emotions clearly, possibly better than Liaran herself could have had she attempted to put them into words. She looked away from Haeden only out of necessity as they continued on their way along the other side of the ship.

Enjoying the peace she felt in his presence, in spending time with her husband without needing to fill the silence, Liaran remained quiet until the pair of them were approaching the place where they'd begun their walk. "Let me know when you're ready to do something else," she said then.

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Re: Sail Away With Me (attn: Bella)

Post by Bella » April 8th, 2024, 11:16 pm

Haeden certainly had no complaints about just walking and spending time in the company of his wife. After all, this was still far less physical exertion than an average day in the training yards, but he did know that if they just kept going in circle after circle, the crew might well start to look at them funny.

"I wouldn't mind moving on to another activity," he said, his tone light and easy, "though I find myself somewhat at a loss to suggest anything since I'm still unlearned in what the options are aboard a ship." He knew they had discussed it somewhat, but they had discussed many things and he was still wrapping his brain around being on a ship, let alone the details of it.

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Re: Sail Away With Me (attn: Bella)

Post by Alianora » April 28th, 2024, 2:02 am

Liaran Sedai
Several days later, Liaran and Haeden had chosen to have their dinner in a small inn somewhere in the city of Bandar Eban. The Aes Sedai stared down at the plate in front of her, fidgeting with the two thin sticks she held in one hand. She had wanted to learn about every city they stopped in, an opportunity she had never had during her time as a Windfinder, but was silently questioning whether trying the Domani food, with its strange utensils, had been a wise decision. Strips of meat and vegetables littered the table in front of her, quite a lot more than she'd been able to eat using the sticks. After spending far too long trying to lift just one piece of meat, Liaran huffed in annoyance and finally gave up, setting the sticks back down beside her plate.

Snatching a fork from its place near the edge of the table, she began to take actual bites of her food, suspecting that by now her husband might be nearly finished with his. Whether or not that was true, she knew Haeden wouldn't want her to rush through the meal for his sake, so she ate at her own normal pace. Even the waiter who seemed to be hovering nearby, and had already asked them twice if they required anything else, appeared to almost be watching her, but Liaran ignored him until she decided she was done with her food.

After drinking an entire glass of water, and getting out the coin needed for her part of the meal, the Aes Sedai stood up. As she did, her foot caught on the edge of something, and she swayed forward, catching herself by grasping hold of the table. She let go once the moment she needed to regain her balance had passed and crouched down to look under the table, pushing the tablecloth aside with one hand. Spotting one of the floorboards sticking up from among the others, she ducked beneath the cloth, reaching out to shove the board back into its place so it wouldn't trip anyone else. When she got closer to it, however, something caught Liaran's eye. Instead of standing back up, Liaran hissed at her Warder in a voice so low only he would have been able to hear. "Haeden, come here."

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Re: Sail Away With Me (attn: Bella)

Post by Bella » May 11th, 2024, 2:35 am

For his part, Haeden was far from expert in the use of the Domani utensils, but there had been some experience with it during his training and upbringing in the Grey Tower. A warder had to always be prepared for any situation their ward may partake of, after all. Still, it wasn't entirely smooth sailing...so to speak. He managed to finish his meal a little before she did, but not by a wild margin.

Things took an even more interesting turn as they were preparing to leave, which was a surprise.

He knelt beside her when she hissed for him. Like any good, quick-moving Gaidin, he had offered inconspicuous assistance to regain her balance but then stood as she moved to check the culprit. That turned out to be...a cockeyed floorboard? He knew they were gaining some odd attention, including from the waiter, but he only let his awareness settle on it enough to know if it was a danger.

"The knife marks?" he asked quietly. He saw them on the very edge of the board, which basically told a story that someone had purposefully pulled this board up. To what end? His green eyes roved the entire edge of the board, seeing nothing else to suggest that there was any sort of trap under it. "Should we? Do we have jurisdiction in Bandar Eban restaurants for suspicious floorboards?"

Haeden wasn't typically known for his sense of humor. Even if it sounded funny, it was a serious question. When it came to these matters, it was the Aes Sedai's lead that should be followed without any clear, present danger that would press the warder to take the lead.

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